How many times have you purchased something - often some piece of electronic gear - and you’re offered an extended warranty? Us too. And normally we see how fast we can respond with “No Thanks”. Read on for why AppleCare+ is the exception to the rule.
What role does your business play in your life? Do you live for your business? Or does your business live for you? Read on for my thought-provoking take on what makes a “Lifestyle Business”.
For years, small businesses were an unlikely target for sophisticated cyber attacks. Anonymity and smallness, it was thought, would provide a level of security in and of itself. Not so anymore. In fact, the majority of all cyberattacks happen to small and medium businesses. The reality is that most small and medium businesses (SMB) are attractive targets because they tend to be less secure and automation allows modern criminals to mass produce attacks very cheaply. Read on to learn why SMBs are such an attractive target and steps you can take to help protect yourself.
With World Backup Day yesterday, it's an excellent time to talk about backups. Everybody knows they need to back up their data. It’s been drilled into us for years, right? But when we engage new prospects, we're amazed at how few companies are backing up properly - or at all. So let's start with the basics.
By far, the number one question we’re asked is “Why does my Mac fleet need to be managed?”. It’s a natural response. After all, Mac’s just work - right? And besides, one of your guys looks after things. But let’s face it, they’re tending to the IT hobby you gave them when they get time away from doing what you hired them to do. And with what’s at stake for your business, that’s just not good enough. . .
Have you gotten an email message whose Subject line says something like “Change your password immediately! Your account has been hacked.”? If not, it may be only a matter of time before you do. It’s a scary message, especially because it contains one of your passwords, some threats, and a demand for money. Worse, the password is likely one you’ve used in the past—how could the hacker have discovered it? Has your Mac really been taken over?
Relax. There’s nothing to worry about.
If you’ve been good about backing up your iOS devices to iTunes on your Mac or to iCloud, give yourself a gold star! Both backup destinations are fine, but there’s one potential downside to iTunes backups: they can consume a lot of space on your Mac’s drive. In iTunes, go to iTunes > Preferences > Devices, where you’ll see all the iOS device backups that iTunes has stored. If there are multiple older backups or any for devices you no longer own, you can get rid of them. Control-click the offending backup, and choose Delete. Or, if you want to check how large a backup is first, instead choose Show In Finder, and then in the Finder, choose File > Get Info. When you’re ready, move the selected backup folder to the Trash.